SIP A SIP BUT DON’T DRIP A DROP. This morning as I am sipping my coffee and relaxing my mind goes to the time we spend of that first sip, whether it be coffee or tea, smoothies or other beverages or simply sweet water; what do we think about? I have several friends who sip on their coffee while reading their devotional, the newspaper, watch the news or birds, or walk through their yards or gardens. We seem to be diversified with what activity or lack of activity we choose to associate with our morning beverage. This is one of our first wake up and get going alarms or calming signals we participate at the beginning of our day. What does this sipping accomplish? What if we drip a drop. Does that spoil our day or set our attitude for the entire day if an accident or an unexpected piece of news happens? This is what we will ponder. Grab your coffee or beverage of choice and let’s think about the positive and/or negative effects of how we start our day.
The first article excerpt is from Web MD and speaks of how beneficial Meditation can be:
Meditation Heals Body and Mind
Stressed out? Here’s how just 20 minutes a day spent meditating can improve health.
By Susan Kuchinskas
WebMD Magazine – Feature Reviewed by Patricia A. Farrell, PhD
WebMD Feature Archive
Often thought of as a hippy-dippy practice aimed at transcendence, meditation is coming into its own as a stress-reduction technique for even the most type-A kind of people.
In 2005, for instance, severe chest pains sent Michael Mitchell to the emergency room in fear of a heart attack. It turned out to be gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Nevertheless, after checking his heart, the doctor admitted him and chastised him for not coming in sooner. “That really shook me up. It was a wake-up call to have a look at my type A personality and workaholic lifestyle,” says the 44-year-old Simi Valley, Calif., statistician for the Veterans Health Administration.
Mitchell had shrugged off his high blood pressure, but now he kicked off a personal makeover. He read books on happiness, started psychotherapy, and got more exercise. And, despite a skeptical frame of mind, Mitchell turned to meditation on the recommendation of a trusted co-worker. Within a month, he felt more relaxed — and his blood pressure returned to normal.
Mitchell’s experience is borne out by studies showing that meditation not only lowers blood pressure but also can amp up your immune system — although the mechanism isn’t clear — while improving your ability to concentrate.
Blogger’s Note: Meditation can be many forms of relaxation. Time spent relaxing, praying, or as one of my favorite scriptures quotes, Be Still and Know that I am God. I think God may have been advising us to meditate in our own way. Time away from the stress filled world and the hyped media can be therapeutic for our bodies and certainly our mind. A side note: When you have ever gone fishing, and that time waiting for a fish to nibble our hook is the most relaxing time you can experience. A quiet walk through a forest or country road can open our creative minds, clear the fog, and/or allow us to make a solid decision on something vital in our lives.
As much as Meditation or Quiet Time to Sip a Sip, if we allow time to Drip a Drop or add stress to our lives; we can defeat our body’s good intentions and blast our immune system. Here is the second article from Web MD on Stress Symptoms:
In this article
What Is Stress?
What Are the Symptoms of Stress?
What Are the Consequences of Long-Term Stress?
Help Is Available for Stress
Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK — some stress is actually beneficial — too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.
The first step to controlling stress is to know the symptoms of stress. But recognizing stress symptoms may be harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don’t know we are stressed until we are at the breaking point.
What Is Stress?
Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations — whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. You’ve gotten ready to act. It is how you protect yourself.
Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others. And, not all stress is bad. In small doses, stress can help you accomplish tasks and prevent you from getting hurt. For example, stress is what gets you to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting the car in front of you. That’s a good thing.
Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress. But, we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences.
What Are the Symptoms of Stress?
Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune. But, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Symptoms can be vague and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions. So it is important to discuss them with your doctor. You may experience any of the following symptoms of stress.
Today, as one who loves her quiet time and who likes to have positive assertion in her life, I choose to SIP A SIP but DON’T DRIP A DROP. I want to take in as much of life as I am blessed to do and avoid the stains of negativity. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; and LIVE LOVE TO THE FULLEST BY SIPPING INSPIRATION ONE SIP AT A TIME.
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